Miriam “Ma” Ferguson Bust

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    Miriam “Ma” Ferguson Bust

    A marble bust of the former Texas governor Miriam Ferguson is located on the first floor of the rotunda in Texas state capitol. It was designed by Enrico Cerracchio.
     
    Miriam A. “Ma” Ferguson (1875–1961) was the first female governor of Texas (served two terms – from 1925 to 1927 and 1933 to 1935), the first US female governor to be elected in a general election, and the second female US governor after Nellie Tayloe Ross, who is the first and only female governor of Wyoming.
     
    Miriam was born and raised in Texas. After finishing college, she married James Edward Ferguson, and they had two girls. James Edward Ferguson served as the governor of Texas from 1915 to 1917, on the second term he was impeached due to corruption and was not allowed to hold office in Texas. The couple decided that Ma will officially run as governor, but in practice, he will be the governor. Their slogan was “Two Governors for the Price of One.” In 1924 she won the election and became the first female governor of Texas. She lost when running again in 1928 and 1930. In 1932 she succeeded and served her second term. During her serving time, she had few successes but was also criticized for accepting bribes for pardons and paroles.
     


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    Address: Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
    Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM. Sunday: 12 to 5 PM
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